Wisconsin Innocence Project

For Students:

Welcome first-year law students!

We believe that great lawyers are forged through hard work, good training, and supportive mentors and peers. If you want to work with a team who will push you to perform your best, WIP is the place for you. We look for students committed to learning how to handle complex legal problems and the ambition to make a difference for our clients, our criminal justice system and ourselves. We select students based on their demonstrated interest in being part of our team.  

We understand that not everyone wants the same experience. That’s why we offer three specialized tracks.

Track 1:

Litigation Track: 3 Semesters

Summer 2018 | Fall 2018 | Spring 2019

The three-semester track is designed for students who have a specific interest in criminal law, state or federal litigation, judicial clerkships and appellate advocacy.  

Docket will include cases that investigate and litigate claims of innocence.

Docket will also include a handful of select state and federal criminal cases in which the client presents unique constitutional or sentencing claims.

Satisfaction of the Experiential Education Requirement

Opportunities to receive intensive and individualized instruction in legal research and writing

Opportunity to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

Track 2:

Transferrable Skills Track: 2 Semesters

Summer 2018 | Fall 2018

The two-semester track is designed for students who wish to acquire transferrable legal skills. This track is designed for students who want a summer clinical experience and who want to fulfil their experiential education requirement.

Docket will include cases that investigate and litigate claims of innocence.

Docket will emphasize national cases that involve convictions based upon faulty science.

Emphasis on skills like client counseling, expert-witness management, and legal problem solving

Opportunities to work with internationally renowned forensic experts

Satisfaction of the Experiential Education Requirement

Opportunity to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

Track 3:

Policy & Case Selection Track: 1 Semester

Spring 2018

The one-semester track is designed for students interested in basic investigation, legislation, and policy work. The track is ideal for students who pursued a non-clinical summer opportunity.

Docket will include cases that assess and investigate claims of innocence

Docket will support for WIP's policy initiatives

Satisfies Experiential Education Requirement

 

Frequently asked questions.

How many credits will each student take during each track?

  Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Litigation Track 7 Credits 3-4 Credits 3-4 Credits
Intensive Skills Track 7 Credits 3-4 Credits  
Policy & Case Selection Track     6 Credits

What are the application deadlines for each track?

  Application Open Application Close Offer Extended
Litigation Track December 3, 2018 January 18, 2019 February 13, 2019
Intensive Skills Track December 3, 2018 January 18, 2019 February 13, 2019
Policy & Case Selection Track November 1, 2019 November 15, 2019 December 15, 2019

Can I apply for multiple tracks?

Yes. In the winter, students will have the option to rank both the Litigation and Transferrable Skills track. But students will only receive an offer for one track.

What exactly is the Summer Financial Package?

Students who work with WIP in the summer will receive:

  • Tuition Remission for the Summer
  • Living Stipend
  • Friends of the Remington Center Stipend

What kind of jobs do WIP Alums Pursue?

Our students go on to practice corporate law, civil rights, civil litigation, immigration, health care law, and, of course, criminal law. In recent years, our students have obtained jobs and internships at:

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Jones Day
  • Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • Godfrey & Kahn S.C
  • DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C
  • Quarles & Brady
  • The Milwaukee District's Attorney
  • The Milwaukee Public Defender
  • The Racine Public Defender
  • The United States Department of Justice. Criminal Division.
  • The Cook County Prosecutor's Office
  • The Philadelphia District Attorney Office.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union
  • The Dane County District Attorney's Office

Who should I contact with any more questions?

Steven Wright

Co-Director. Wisconsin Innocence Project.

shwright@wisc.edu

Office: 4318L. Law School

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